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Hotel Centara Grand Beach Resort Hotel 5 star
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396-396/1, Krabi, Ao Nang, Amphur Muang, Krabi 81180, Thailand Krabi, Thailand -
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The Centara Grand Beach Resort, opened in 2006, has taken over from its predecessor, the Central Krabi Bay Resort. Set in the heart of nature and surrounded by high karst relief, the only way to get here is by boat. Its strong point is its beautiful undisturbed beach, where you can relax in an isolated, idyllic setting.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The hotel is located in the Pai Plong Bay which is a 10-minute boat ride away from Ao Nang. It will take you around half an hour to cover the 30 mi separating the establishment from Krabi Town. It is also about half an hour's drive away from Krabi's airport.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The estate includes 12 villas and 192 rooms. As the resort is built on a slope, some of these rooms are more easily accessible than others. The general area is more than reasonable; the smaller rooms are about 800 sq ft. The room terraces are huge and some even have an outdoor jacuzzi. The rooms come in three categories, depending on the type of view they offer. Although all the rooms are simply decorated, the mix of wood and beige makes for a cosy atmosphere. As far as facilities are concerned, there's everything that you need: a television, a safe, air-conditioning, a minibar with tea and coffee-pmaking facilities, a direct international telephone line and a 24-hour room service. You will also find a hair-dryer in the bathroom, which opens onto the room.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    After a short boat ride, the outline of the Centara Grand Beach hotel begins to emerge from the rocks as you come nearer to the coast. When you get there, you will discover lush green vegetation and small houses scattered among the mountains. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed into a large reception area, in the shade of a pergola made in the traditional Thai style. You will feel as if you are the last person on earth, which is quite nice! There are two swimming-pools that enable guests to take a refreshing dip if they don't want to swim in the sea and there is also a pool that children can splash about in. Like most modern establishments, the Centara Grand Beach Resort also includes a spa. It occupies two floors and has nine treatment rooms, five of which are designed to accommodate couples. There is even a room with four beds that is specifically intended for Thai massages.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Your culinary needs will be catered for in one of the four restaurants at Centara Grand Beach Resort. The main restaurant, the Lotus Court, opens in the morning. It proposes a buffet breakfast and dinner. However, lunch is served a la carte. It has a very pleasant outdoor terrace, with green leafy vegetation and pools, and it makes the perfect place for a candle-lit dinner for two. In the evening, light musical entertainment is even provided by a piano player. Two other restaurants, the Hagi and the Rim Saai, are only open for dinner. The Hagi offers Japanese cuisine whereas the Rim Saai serves Thai food. For lunch, you can go to the On the Rocks restaurant in front of the beach before heading downstairs to enjoy a night-cap at the Deep Blue bar. The surroundings are pleasant and there is an attractive fish tank

    Beach

    The bay of Pai Plong is less than 1,700 ft long and as it is only accessible by the sea, it is left relatively undisturbed (even the hotel's deckchairs have been set out on the lawn in special cordoned-off areas). The landscapes are simply breathtaking, the mountains in the background seem to plunge into the sea. The sand is fine, the water clear and the slope is gentle enough to enjoy a quick swim. Furthermore, the bay offers protection against the wind!

    To know

    For an extra fee, the establishment invites its guest to join its select club, which gives you access to the hotel's lounge, among other perks. Water-sports are free of charge here, however, no motorised sports are offered here as they harm the environment and the peace and quiet for other guests!

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, massage, spa, hammam, sauna, keep fit, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      sailing, kayak, tennis, gym, sports, fitness, surfing, windsurfing

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The rooms
    • The setting

    disadvantages

    • The resort can only be accessed by boat

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    • Overall Score -/10
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